Day 74: Family Planning

Acts 13:26-33 :

Brothers, children of the stock of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, the word of this salvation is sent out to you. For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they didn’t know him, nor the voices of the prophets which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him. Though they found no cause for death, they still asked Pilate to have him killed. When they had fulfilled all things that were written about him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead, and he was seen for many days by those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses to the people. We bring you good news of the promise made to the fathers, that God has fulfilled the same to us, their children, in that he raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second psalm,

‘You are my Son.
Today I have become your father.’

When you watch a movie like “The Passion” that simply shows you the story about Jesus’ death and resurrection, you can’t really see the significance of the events that took place. The Bible provides the interpretation and the Jews were the ones who held that Bible.

The Bible had already predicted that Jesus would come to die and be raised back to life never to die again and Paul was explaining this to them. The Christians were right that this was God’s plan for Judaism all along. This wasn’t just some new thing that needed to be put down like the religious leaders had been saying.

One of the most wonderful things about being a Christian is to have God actually call you His child. The psalm that Paul quoted must have seemed difficult to understand because it dealt with calling David a Son of God and doing so on a particular day. When Jesus, the Son of David resurrected, ordinary people were given the opportunity to start a new life as children of God. We can now become a part of God’s immediate family.